• biography

    The composer and conductor Josep Planells Schiaffino was born in Valencia in 1988. He obtained his Clarinet Diploma at the Conservatori Superior de Música de València and his Composition Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree under the guidance of Arnulf Hermann and Hanspeter Kyburz at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. During this time he also received tuition from Salvatore Sciarrino, Brian Ferneyhough, Wolfgang Rihm, José María Sánchez-Verdú and Mauricio Sotelo. After his studies he continued to live and work in Berlin as part of the State of Berlin’s Elsa-Neumann-Scholarship. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD at Cambridge University supervised by Richard Causton and funded by an Honorary Vice-Chancellor's Award of the Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust and a Pigott Doctoral Studentship.
     
    Josep Planells Schiaffino has collaborated with a number of ensembles and orchestras, among them the Ensemble Modern, Basel Sinfonietta, Ensemble Mosaik, Studio MusikFabrik, Zafraan Ensemble, Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Remix Ensemble, Sigma Project, Bayerisches Landesjugendorchester, IEMA, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, WDR Sinfonierochester Köln and the Kritisches Orchester at the Theater Basel, Fondation Royaumont, Lucerne Festival, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Fundación Juan March, Auditorio Nacional de España, Festival Mixtur Barcelona, Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Casa da Música Porto and the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik.
     
    For his music, he has been awarded many distinctions, including the Roche Young Commission of the Lucerne Festival, the New Scenes IV of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the DAAD-Prize, 1st Prize “Vorhof der Völker” Berlin, 3rd Prize in the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hochschulwettbewerb and the 1st Prize in the INJUVE Competition. His commissioned works include a piece for the conducting workshop INTERAKTION, Zafraan Ensemble, Sigma Project and for the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, where he resided as part of the Composer's residence of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.
     
    As a conductor, Josep Planells Schiaffino has been assisting Franck Ollu since 2015, with whom he participated in the productions of Rihm's Jakob Lenz at the Staatsoper Berlin (Dir. Andrea Breth), Dusapin's Medea at Salzburg Festspiele, with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin for the Festival Ultraschall and in the Xenakis' Oresteia at the Theater Basel (Dir. Calixto Bieito), making his opera debut when he conducted two performances in April 2017. He studied with Fred Buttkewitz in Berlin and took part in several master classes with Peter Rundel in Oporto and with Peter Eötvös in Budapest and Munich. 2015 he won the 1st Interpretation Prize in the Hanns Eisler Competition. Recently, he worked with Matthias Pintscher and Heinz Holliger as part of the Lucerne Festival Conducting Fellowship.


    Throughout his studies, he obtained support from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Förderverein of the HfM “Hanns Eisler”, La Caixa/DAAD and the Peter Eötvös Foundation.

  • CURRENT PROJECTS

    DFDC meets EM

    New project with the Ensemble Modern and the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company (Jacopo Godani, Choreography) with works by Schöllhorn/Bach, Bartók and Motschmann. Premiere on 12th December at Bockenheimer Depot (Frankfurt). Further performances on 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22.

    Con sprezzatura

    Co-commissioned orchestral work from the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and the Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España. Premieres on 26th April (Theatersaal Witten; Nawri) and on 12th June (Auditorio Nacional de España; Afkham).

    Macbeth Underworld  in Paris

    Assisting Franck Ollu in a production of Pascal Dusapin's Macbeth Underworld at Opéra Comique Paris. Premiere on 25th March.

  • compositions

    OPERA

    Aufbruch

    2017-2019

    chamber opera in 13 scenes after a libretto of Deborah Kötting 

     

    for soprano (Violetta), tenor (Friedrich), baritone (Hans), 2 dancers, 2 actors and ensemble

    (1/1/1/1 - 1/1/1/1 - Perc(2) - Pno/Hp - 2/1/1/1)

    Duration: 50'

  • ORCHESTRA

    Torna

    2017-2019

    for orchestra (4/3/4/3 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp/Perc (4) – Pno/Cel/Hp - 14/12/10/8/6)

    Duration: 16'

    Leicht getrieben

    2016

    for orchestra (2/2/2/2 - 2/2/1/1 - Timp/Perc (2) – 6/6/4/4/2)

    Duration: 14'

    Schlussformen

    2014/2015

    for orchestra (3/3/3/3 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp/Perc (2) – Hp - 12/10/8/6/4)

    Duration: 15'

    Variationen

    2011

    for orchestra (2/2/2/2 - 2/2/2/0 - Timp/Perc (2) – 12/10/8/6/4)

    Duration: 12'

  • ENSEMBLE

    Vergessensformen

    2016

    for ensemble (1/1/1/1 - 1/0/0/0 - Perc - 2/1/1/1)

    Duration: 9'

    Vier Stücke

    2014

    for ensemble (0/2/0/0 - 1/1/0/0 - Timp – 2/1/2/1)

    Duration: 8'30''

    Flamme Violette

    2011

    version for piano and 5 instruments (Fl/Cl/Vl/Vc/Perc)

    Duration: 7'30''

    Nocturnes

    2010

    for ensemble (1/1/1/1 - 1/1/1/1- Perc/Pno - 2/1/1/1)

    Duration: 8'

    Stramps

    2009

    for ensemble (1/1/0/0 - 0/0/0/0 - Perc/Pno - 2/1/1)

    Duration: 8'

  • SOLO & CHAMBER MUSIC

    Cavall

    2018

    for tenor saxophone, drum set, double bass and piano

    Duration: 6'

    Spalt

    2018

    for soprano and piano

    Duration: 6'

    Streichquartett

    2016/18

    for string quartet

    Duration: 14'

    Sextett

    2017

    for wind quintet and piano

    Duration: 13'

    Drei Stücke

    2016

    for cello and piano

    Duration: 8'

    Zehn Stücke

    2016

    for saxophone quartet

    Duration: 17'

    Satz

    2015

    for violin and piano

    Duration: 7'30''

    Vorspiel

    2014

    for brass trio

    Duration: 3'30''

    Triosatz

    2013

    for violin, cello and piano

    Duration: 8'

    Quintet

    2013

    for wind quintet

    Duration: 12'

    Stade du miroir

    2012

    for 2 sopranos, 2 saxophones and percussion

    Duration: 9'

    Quartettsatz

    2011

    for string quartet

    Duration: 10'

    Flamme Violette

    2010

    for piano

    Duration: 7'30''

  • videos

    COMPOSER

    Schlussformen

    2014/2015

    Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Roland Kluttig

    Vier Stücke

    2014

    Ensemble Modern, Franck Ollu

    Cavall

    2018

    Zafraan Ensemble

    Torna

    2017/19

    Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra,

    David Fulmer

    Lucerne Festival

    2019

    Talking about "Torna"

  • CONDUCTOR

    Ligeti's Violin Concerto

    2017

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Violin.

    Lucerne. Festival Academy Orchestra

    Bartók & Debussy on rehearsal

    2016/2017

    Bartók's 2nd Violin concerto Debussy's Khamma

    Lachenmann's ,,...zwei Gefühle..."

    2017

    Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, Helmut Lachenmann

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